A health adviser has said that if the government can keep deaths below 20,000 during this epidemic, they will have done well.

Speaking during the Daily Press Conference chaired by the Business Secretary Alok Sharma,Stephen Powis, Medical Director of NHS England adding though that each one would be a tradegy

“We can beat this virus, we can reduce the number of deaths, but only if the people take social distancing measures seriously.Every one of us has a part to play, and we know it can work.”

The Business Secretary also announced changes to insolvency rules to allow firms “greater flexibility as they face the current crisis”.

“It is crucial when the crisis passes, as it will, we are ready to bounce back,” he said, as he detailed measures to help businesses “emerge intact the other side of the Covid-19 pandemic”.

“These measures will give those firms extra time and space to weather the storm and be ready when the crisis ends whilst ensuring creditors get the best return possible in the circumstances,”

Meanwhile the last twenty four hours has seen the biggest rise in Coronavirus deaths in the UK.

Figures released this afternoon by The Department of Health and SocialCare said another 260 people had died in the 24 hours to 5pm yesterday, a rise of 260 on the previous day.

Patients were aged between 33 and 100 years old and all but 13 (aged between 63 and 99 years old) had underlying health conditions,” they said in a statement


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